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YORK, England, March 22, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — People are unsuspectingly selling their personal information to complete strangers as a new report from CPP finds half (54%) of second hand mobile phones contain extensive personal data.
Second hand mobile phones and SIM cards purchased on eBay and used electronics shops by life assistance company CPP were examined in a live experiment to see what personal information was available on the handsets and whether it constituted a threat to their former owners’ identities.
The experiment revealed 247 pieces of personal data* that had been carelessly left on a range of mobile phones and SIM cards. The personal data included credit and debit card PIN numbers, bank account details, passwords, phone numbers, company information and log in details to social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.
In research that supported the experiment, half of second hand mobile owners said they have found personal information from a previous owner on mobile phones and SIM cards they have purchased second hand.
Worryingly, the vast majority (81 per cent) of people claim to have wiped their mobiles before selling them, with six in ten confident they have removed all of their personal information from them. However, the experiment revealed that 54 per cent of mobile phones and SIM cards contained sensitive personal information putting people at unnecessary risk of identity and card fraud.
The variance could be explained by the fact that most people who claimed to have ‘wiped’ their handsets tried to erase the data manually – a process that security experts acknowledge leaves the data intact and retrievable.
And it seems personal information comes cheap with individuals selling their old handsets and SIMs for an average price of 47 pounds Sterling.
As people rely heavily on their mobile phones to store personal data such as e-mail addresses, social networking log in details, banks account details and even debit and credit card PIN numbers, CPP is calling on people to make sure they remove all of their personal and financial information from their mobile phones and undertake adequate security measures to protect themselves from identity theft.
Mobile data expert from CPP, Danny Harrison said: “This report is a shocking wake up call and shows how mobile phones can inadvertently cause people to be careless with their personal data. With the rapid technology advancements in the smartphone market and new models released by manufactures multiple times a year, consumers are upgrading their mobiles more than ever and it is imperative people take personal responsibility to properly manage their own data.
“If they do sell or recycle them online or even give them to friends and family, they need to ensure they remove all their personal information thoroughly and consider the serious consequences of not doing so.”
Senior Vice President of CRYPTOCard Jason Hart, who was commissioned by CPP to carry out the experiment said: “The safest way to remove all of your data from a mobile phone or SIM card is to totally destroy the SIM and double check to ensure that all content has been removed from your phone before disposal. With new technology does come new risks and our experiment found that newer smartphones have more capabilities to store information and that information is much easier to recover than on traditional mobiles due to the increase of applications.”
CPP’s top tips on wiping your mobile phone of personal information:
- Restore all factory settings – this is the first step that you should take as it is the easiest precaution before disposing of the unit, but factory resets are far from permanent so follow steps 2 – 4 to protect your data
- Remove your SIM card and destroy it
- Delete back-ups – even if your smartphone, PDA or laptop data is securely removed from the mobile device, it can continue to exist on a back up somewhere else
- Log out and delete– make sure you have logged out of all social networking sites, emails, wireless connections, company networks and applications. Once you are logged out make sure you delete the password and connection
- Various passwords – avoid using the same ID/password on multiple systems and storing them on your mobile phone, if you are going to store them on your phone use a picture that reminds you of the password
- If you are selling on your phone ensure you ask for it to be wiped to be on the safe side
- Don’t store vast amounts of personal information on your mobile phone / SIM
- Make sure you check your bank statements regularly to monitor for suspicious transactions
- Remember the Golden Rule: Identity thieves are experts at spotting an opportunity to steal your identity and only need a few personal details
- If you want more information on how to protect yourself or see how these experiments worked, please visit CPP’s blog
Notes to editor
247 pieces of data were left on 19 of the 35 mobiles phones and 27 of the 50 SIM cards
All data found on the mobile phones was deleted – either manually or by using the forensic software to remove and destroy the information. The SIM cards were destroyed.
ICM interviewed a random sample of 2011 adults aged 18+ online between 16 – 18 February 2011. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at www.icmresearch.co.uk
A live experiment was also carried out in February 2011. Ethical hacker Jason Hart was commissioned by CPP to conduct a number of reviews relating to the data contents of re-sold mobile devices used and SIM cards within the United Kingdom with the objective of the review being:
- Understand if sensitive information has been left on resold mobile devices
- Understand what type of information is stored
- To see if information can be recovered from resold mobile devices even if the mobile device has been deleted by using software freely available on the internet
- Understand what information can be found on used SIM cards
- To see if it would be possible to use any information found to on a mobile device and or SIM to conduct any form of identity theft against the original owner of the device and or SIM.
35 second hand mobile phones and 50 SIM cards were analysed using the following techniques:
- A mobile phone SIM Reader (a standard SIM reader that can be purchased from most electric stores)
- SIM recovery software
- Forensic examination software – mobile forensic software that analysis mobile phones, smartphones and PDAs for data.
Corporate Background Information
The CPPGroup Plc
The CPPGroup Plc (CPP) is an international marketing services business offering bespoke customer management solutions to multi-sector business partners designed to enhance their customer revenue, engagement and loyalty, whilst at the same time reducing cost to deliver improved profitability.
This is underpinned by the delivery of a portfolio of complementary Life Assistance products, designed to help our mutual customers cope with the anxieties associated with the challenges and opportunities of everyday life.
Whether our customers have lost their wallets, been a victim of identity fraud or looking for lifestyle perks, CPP can help remove the hassle from their lives leaving them free to enjoy life. Globally, our Life Assistance products and services are designed to simplify the complexities of everyday living whether these affect personal finances, home, travel, personal data or future plans. When it really matters, Life Assistance enables people to live life and worry less.
Established in 1980, CPP has 11 million customers and more than 200 business partners across Europe, North America and Asia and employs 2,300 employees who handle millions of sales and service conversations each year.
In 2010, Group revenue was 325.8 million pounds Sterling, an increase of more than 12 per cent over the previous year.
In March 2010, CPP debuted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
What We Do:
CPP provides a range of assistance products and services that allow our business partners to forge closer relationships with their customers.
We have a solution for many eventualities, including:
- Insuring our customers’ mobile phones against loss, theft and damage
- Protecting the payment cards in our customers’ wallets and purses, should these be lost or stolen
- Providing assistance and protection if a customer’s keys are lost or stolen
- Providing advice, insurance and assistance to protect customers against the insidious crime of identity fraud
- Assisting customers with their travel needs be it an emergency (for example lost passport), or basic translation service
- Monitoring the credit status of our customers
- Provision of packaged services to business partners’ customers
CPP is an award winning organisation:
- Winner in the European Contact Centre Awards, Large Team of the Year category, 2010
- Finalist in the European Contact Centre Awards, Best Centre for Customer Service, Large Contact Centre of the Year categories, 2010
- Finalist in the National Sales Awards, Contact Centre Sales Team of the Year category, 2010
- Finalist in the National Insurance Fraud Awards, Counter Fraud Initiative of the Year category, 2009
- Finalist in the European Contact Centre Awards, Large Team and Advisor of the Year categories, 2009
- Named in the Sunday Times 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers Profit Track 100
- Finalists in the National Business Awards, 3i Growth Strategy category, 2008
- Finalist in the National Business Awards, Business of the Year category, 2007, 2009 and Highly Commended in 2008
- Named in the Sunday Times 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 HSBC Top Track 250 companies
- Regional winner of the National Training Awards, 2007
- Winner of the BITC Health, Work and Well-Being Award, 2007
- Highly Commended in the UK National Customer Service Awards, 2006
- Winner of the Tamworth Community Involvement Award, 2006. Finalist in 2008
- Highly Commended in The Press Best Link Between Business and Education, 2005 and 2006. Winner in 2007
- Finalist in the National Business Awards, Innovation category, 2005
For more information on CPP click on www.cppgroupplc.com
Indian tax authorities have conducted raids on mobile phone sellers across New Delhi, discovering evidence of significant levels of tax evasion.
On March 13th the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) released a statement saying that a series of raids have been conducted on several mobile phone retailers around New Delhi who were selling phones which were not properly registered and are considered to be a potential security threat.
According to the CBDT, retailers have been importing mobile phones which do not have the legally required International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). The devices were predominantly imported from China. No records are made of the phones as they enter the country, and they are sold to consumers with no Value Added Tax (VAT) charge.
The CBDT raided 59 separate retailers across New Delhi, and found evidence of INR 2.3 billion (approx. USD 50.84 million) of unpaid VAT. Tax authorities have already closed the stores of some retailers who were found to be avoiding VAT levies or selling illegal handsets. According to the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) approximately 30 percent of the handset sold in New Delhi are imported from China with no EMEI, and sold with no VAT charge. High-end phones are even more likely to be sold without a VAT levy, with nearly 75 percent of phones costing above INR 10 000 (approx. USD 220) are sold without paying taxes. Customs data shows that nearly 7.3 million phones were imported into India in 2009, through the New Delhi Airport alone, and logistic difficulties mean that it is impossible to verify the EMEI number of each device.
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KOLKATA: Many reckon one of the reasons Barack Obama won the race to the White House was his belief in the power of the cellphone as a mass campaign tool. Well, word seems to have travelled from DC to the Trinamool Congress HQ in Kolkata.
Team Mamata is looking to unleash an home-grown version of the Obama magic by leveraging the mass penetration levels of the mobile phone as a potent campaigning device during the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections. And helping her ride the campaign trail on mobile is the original poster boy of e-mail, Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail fame.
Details remain under wraps. But on cards are dedicated numbers where people across Bengal will be able to directly air their thoughts and concerns to the TC leadership through SMS. The purpose of the mission is to forge strong bonds with the electorate, especially the Genext voters. Also in the pipeline are mobile caller tunes that will ring out the party gospel in coming weeks.
“I told TC leaders the best way for political parties to communicate with their constituents and establishing good governance is through the mobile phone and not the PC, given India’s huge mobile population which is many times more than the PC. I also shared ideas on viral marketing and on ways to connect with the grassroots across rural Bengal using mobile technology,” Bhatia told ET. But the Hotmail founder, who was in town on Sunday stressed he wasn’t playing tech consultant to the TC, but merely sharing a bunch of ideas for free “purely in a friendly capacity”.
However, the truth is Bhatia anchored two brainstorming sessions with TC leaders like Partha Chatterjee over the past 48 hours to put in place the building blocks of the party’s mobile-driven campaign strategy that aims to build bridges with the youth and the rural population. What’s more, he’s been invited by Trinamool boss Mamata Banerjee to come up with a business plan six months down the road on ways to tone up communication channels down the grassroot levels across the state.
“Using SMS is also considered a far more economical way of campaigning which increases voter turnout at a fraction of the cost. Traditional methods like door-to-door canvassing are known to be more expensive,” said a telecom consultant, who did not wish to be named.
Bhatia, who’s wife Tania is from Kolkata, is yet to meet Banerjee. But the genesis of his association with the TC goes back to an informal conversation that his in-laws had with the TC chief last Christmas, said a party insider.
Abhishek Banerjee, lead member of TC’s national cyber team who was also present in these meetings, said: “Our sessions with Sabeer Bhatia were a great learning experience which we plan to implement at the party level and in governance.”
“We’ve asked Sabeer to come back in six months to present a business plan on ways to establish two-way communication between the government and citizens across the state by deploying mobile technology,” said Derek O’ Brien, vice president, Trinamool Congress.
Human rights campaigners have expressed concerns over plans to track every mobile phone user in Beijing through global positioning technology.
Chinese media reported this week that pilot schemes were being introduced for an “information platform of real-time citizen movement” to help with traffic management.
Li Guoguang, deputy director of the Beijing municipal science and technology commission, said the project would be used to tackle congestion by allowing officials to monitor the flow of people through the transport system.
“To some degree, [it] can effectively increase citizens’ travelling efficiency and ease traffic jams,” he told the Beijing Daily.
He added that citizens would be able to buy the information, although more sensitive information – such as the location of individuals – would not be available.
But while Beijing’s roads are increasingly congested, experts say there are plenty of ways to assess and manage traffic and suggest the project is bound to be used for security purposes too.
“Certainly the use of the platform will not be limited to gathering traffic information. Officials in other areas, such as anti-terrorism and stability maintenance, will also find it useful,” Chen Derong, professor of wireless communications at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, told the South China Morning Post.
“I think despite the excuse of traffic control this is part of the escalation of the use of technologies to control social discontent,” said Wang Songlian of the Chinese Human Rights Defenders network. She pointed out that last year the government introduced compulsory registration for anyone buying a sim card.
“A lot of activists have said their cell phones are already tracked by security forces. They use it to locate where people are and whether other activists are going there,” she said.
But she added: “For ordinary people, the government is worried about social unrest. Often there’s a spark somewhere and everyone gathers and puts out information. By registering people and tracking them, it enables them to find out about particular protests and punish individuals.”
China National Radio said the municipal government hoped to start the project in two parts of the capital within the first half of this year.
Local News New mobiles swap chance
By MANDEEP SINGH , Posted on » Thursday, March 03, 2011
BAHRAIN’s mobile phone users can swap their broken and irreparable handsets for a chance to win new ones as part of an initiative combating e-waste.
The National Mobile Phone and e-Waste Recycling Campaign is being offered by telecom company Zain Bahrain in association with Enviroserve.
It is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign, said general manager Mohammed Zainalabedin.
“We are targeting practically every one in Bahrain,” Mr Zainalabedin yesterday told a Press conference at the Zain group headquarters in Seef.
“Most, if not all, have at least one mobile handset they do not use and which, sooner or later, would be thrown into the bin.
“We want them to bring that handset to us and get a coupon in return for a chance to win a new handset.”
He said the old handsets collected in this way would go to a ‘refinery’ in Singapore to be completely re-cycled.
“The mobile phone contains several hazardous chemicals, including zinc, barium and mercury,” said Mr Zainalabedin.
“One phone, if improperly discarded, is capable of polluting 600,000 litres of water.
“So we can imagine what the cost on the environment could be, with hundreds of thousands of phones discarded every year,” he added.
Mr Zainalabedin said they believed it was time to provide a solution for the e-waste concern.
“We have made this an interactive CSR initiative by offering participants a raffle ticket to enter our draw and win a new handset from Zain Bahrain,” said Mr Zainalabedin.
“The biggest bonus is that the discarded handset will be disposed of in a responsible manner that is environmentally safe.”
Enviroserve chief executive officer Stuart Fleming said his company focused on providing innovative and sustainable waste management solutions.
These include integrated waste management, cleaner production, waste minimisation, process solutions as alternatives to landfill and innovative treatment and disposal options.
“We will collect all these phones and take them to a ‘phone refinery’ in Singapore where they will be crushed and recycled,” he said.
“All dangerous chemicals will be separated and re-used.”
He said initially they would collect only mobile phones but later move on to collecting other e-waste items like computer screens, keyboards and printers.
Zain Bahrain corporate communications manager Samya Hussein said the campaign had been created to help every resident help the environment and support the movement for a cleaner, greener Bahrain. Handsets can be dropped off at any Zain shop in Bahrain from today. firstname.lastname@example.org
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AHMEDABAD: Two students were caught stealing mobile phones to support their dope addiction. Dharmik Patel, 23, a resident of Judges Bungalow road, is an MBA student while his friend Jayesh Joshi, 22, a resident of Memnagar, is an engineering student.
The duo broke into a mobile phone shop in Vastrapur’s Akash tower on Friday night. They broke the security camera inside the shop to avoid being identified, but the watchman caught them and handed them over to the shop owner. Later, Yatin Shah, the shop owner, called the police and lodged a complaint against the two. During investigation, the police found that the two were addicted to drugs and wanted money to get their supply of dope. The police also seized their scooter, a Honda Eterno.
“The duo met each other through common friends. They both confessed to breaking in and attempting to steal goods from the shop. They also damaged the CCTV camera to conceal their identity. They said they were addicted to drugs and wanted money desperately. They also said they had stolen money from their homes as well,” said a Vastrapur police official.
23 February 2011 Last updated at 08:55 GMT Mobiles phones ‘affect the brain’ Mobile phone use increased brain activity
A study by the National Institutes of Health in the US suggests that mobile phones could have an effect on the brain.
They reported higher sugar use in the brain, a sign of increased activity, after 50 minutes on the phone.
The research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the clinical significance was unknown.
Experts in the UK said there was no suggestion of a health risk.
Since the boom in mobile phone use, there has been considerable interest in the effect on the body.
The largest study on 420,000 mobile phone users in Denmark, has not shown a link between phone use and cancer.
This small study on 47 people investigated the effect of magnetic fields (RF-EMFs) coming from a phone’s antenna.
It suggests that brain activity is affected, but cannot draw any conclusions about possible health implications.
Mobile phones were attached to both ears of each participant. One phone was off, the another was on but muted so the person could not tell the difference.
Their brains were then scanned to detect changes in glucose use, which increased by 7% in parts of the brain close to the antenna.
The researchers conclude that “the human brain is sensitive to the effects of RF-EMFs from acute cell phone exposures.
“However theses results proved no information as to their relevance regarding potential carcinogenic effects, or lack of such effects.”
Professor Patrick Haggard, from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, said: “This is a very interesting result, since it suggests a possible direct effect of mobile phone signals on brain function.
“The implications for health remain unclear. Much larger fluctuations in brain metabolic rate occur naturally, for example during thinking.
“However, if further studies confirm that mobile phone signals do have direct effects on brain metabolism, then it will be important to investigate whether such effects have implications for health.”
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Royal Berkshire Hospital, said: “This paper is particularly interesting in that it reports an increase in brain metabolism as a result of the use of mobile phones.
“More work is required to establish any possible link between RF energy deposition in the brain and a consequential health risk. It is reasonable to assume that the small increase in metabolism results from a deposition of energy, which may result in turn from local temperature changes or perhaps magnetic or electrical stimulation that does not involve heat at all.
“It is important to fully appreciate that no health risk is identified in this paper.”
Researchers have found a connection between mobile phone use and increased brain activity.
American scientists found that 50 minutes of mobile phone use was associated with increased “brain glucose metabolism” – a marker of brain activity – in the region closest to the phone antenna.
However, the health implications of the finding are unknown, they say in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, out on Thursday.
The article points out that there have been concerns regarding potential harmful effects of exposure to radiofrequency-modulated electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) of mobile phones.
But studies of the association between mobile phone use and prevalence of brain tumours have been inconsistent and remain unresolved, they say.
Nora D Volkow, of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues conducted a study involving 47 people.
Mobile phones were placed on the left and right ears and brain imaging was performed to measure brain glucose metabolism twice, once with the right phone activated – but with the sound muted – for 50 minutes and once with both phones deactivated.
The researchers found that whole-brain metabolism did not differ between the on and off conditions – but there were significant “regional” effects.
Metabolism in the brain region closest to the antenna (orbitofrontal cortex and temporal pole) was significantly higher (approximately seven per cent) for ‘mobile phone on’ than ‘mobile phone off’ conditions.
The researchers write: “Results of this study provide evidence that acute cell (mobile) phone exposure affects brain metabolic activity.
“However, these results provide no information as to their relevance regarding potential carcinogenic effects (or lack of such effects) from chronic cell phone use.
“Further studies are needed to assess if these effects could have potential long-term harmful consequences.”
Reacting to the study, Professor Patrick Haggard, of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, said: “This study reports a seven per cent increase in brain metabolism close to the antenna of a commercial mobile phone during transmission, compared to when the phone is off.
“It is not the first study to report such effects, but it is considerably larger than any of the previous studies, including many more participants.
“This is a very interesting result, since it suggests a possible direct effect of mobile phone signals on brain function. However, the result should be treated with some caution.
“First, independent replication of results in a different laboratory is generally considered very important in this area of research.
“Second, it would be useful to know whether participants could tell if the phone was on or off. Simply knowing that the phone is on could influence brain activity, so the results can only definitively be attributed to the mobile phone signals if this can be ruled out.
“Third, as the authors point out, the implications for health remain unclear. Much larger fluctuations in brain metabolic rate occur naturally, for example during thinking.
“However, if further studies confirm that mobile phone signals do have direct effects on brain metabolism, then it will be important to investigate whether such effects have implications for health.”
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics and clinical engineering at Royal Berkshire Hospital, said: “This paper is particularly interesting in that it reports an increase in brain metabolism as a result of the use of mobile phones.
“The causality is important since a direct link is reported as opposed to coincidental events which may have an independent origin.
“The authors and institution where the research was carried out are all of the highest calibre and the paper is written in an authoritative manner.
“The fact that there is an increase in metabolism as a result of phone use is not claimed to be clinically significant; more work is required to establish any possible link between RF energy deposition in the brain and a consequential health risk.
“It is reasonable to assume that the small increase in metabolism results from a deposition of energy, which may result in turn from local temperature changes or perhaps magnetic or electrical stimulation that does not involve heat at all.
“Furthermore, it is known that sensory input (eg. hearing) does elevate brain metabolism although the asymmetric nature of the finding does suggest that this is not the case here.
“It is important to fully appreciate that no health risk is identified in this paper.”
Samsung’s research and development on image sensors is yielding results for the mobile phone market. Samsung announced that they have developed 12 MP and 8 MP CMOS sensors for smart phones and other high end phones. The 12 MP sensors are based on 1.12 micron technology whereas the 8 MP sensors are based on 1.4 micron technology. Both the sensors are of the 1/3.2-inch size format which will fit the 8.5 x 8.5 x 6.0 mm dimensions for use on phones.
HD 1080p video recording coming to a phone near you
Samsung claims that the new sensors will offer crisp image quality as well HD video recording at high frame rates. The 12 MP S5K3L1 sensor will be able to shoot 12 MP images at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps as well as 720p videos at 90 fps which is more than what most good digital cameras and camcorders can these days. The sensors will go into mass production soon and samples of the sensors will be available sometime in the third quarter of 2011. The new sensors will also be shown off at MWC 2011 a few days from now as well.